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    September 1, 2010
    7:00 - 8:59am PDT  

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let's get right to the top story. a killing spree. claudine wong is at a vallejo home with late-breaking information from police about chemicals found inside a home. >> reporter: this is a case that is so hard for everybody to wrap their heads around. there are so many part of it. there are at least five people dead. we have one man in custody. one man missing and then this issue of explosives. the bomb squad left this home in the last five minutes on upland court. i was told they found a lot of chemicals inside. among them ammonium, similar to whats with found in a storage locker on lemon street. investigators say they found 20-
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pounds of this ammonium, a chemical used to make explosives. this is the bomb squad. they said they cannot deal with this type of situation and they called in the atf instead and these two separate scenes. it wasn't just chemicals found in the upland court. the bodies of two women overnight. the police say it was a grisly scene. this is the home of 67-year-old dena allen. allen and her friend, carol smarkt, have been missing since wednesday. this is also a home where suspected killer efren valdemoro was known to say, sometimes trying to pass himself off as allen's son. here's where the story takes another turn -- police say the bodies of these two women had been in this home for a while and apparently during that
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time, allen husband, who reported her missing, had been living in the home. so he's been arrested and is in custody at this hour. how is this all connected to valdemoro? well, that's still unclear. police say all of this may not be connected to the hercules case in which valdemoro is suspected of killing an elderly man on friday. that man's son is still missing. if we come back out here live in upland, you can see one car sitting in front of the we're in a little bit of a holding pattern. the atf has been called into this scene and the lemon street storage locker scene. we're waiting for them to arrive. i'm told there are lot, and lots of chemicals inside. the bomb squad decided they cannot deal with that amount and kind of chemicals. one quote was it's like rocket fuel. we're gonna wait for the atf to arrive here to process the scene and keep you updated on
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"mornings on 2." claudine wong, ktvu channel 2 news. right now we're gonna go to kraig debro who has been watching the officer-involved shooting. he's in richmond. kraig? >> reporter: yeah, good morning. i just talked to a security guard and he said the suspect ran into the ranch 99 market and jumped the turnstile. police are still unraveling the story but there's a chance the suspect could be responsible for up to five homicides. they searched the car looking for explosives. police in vallejo now discovered expossive --
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explosives. 38-year-old efrain valdemoro was killed last night following a shootout with police around 8:45. he was a suspect in the death of a hercules man and the strangulation death of an unidentified woman found in the car following the high-speed chase. hercules police say valdemoro kidnapped that woman earlier in the day and police spotted valdemoro's vehicle and gave chase. they backed off when the freeway entered the freeway. about 8:10, the chp took over, chased valdemoro through san ramon, castro valley, all the way through richmond. the speeds reached 100 miles an hour. the whole time police could see someone in the passenger seat, they had had no idea she was dead until they got to pierce and central in richmond at this shopping center. police say they tried just
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about everything to stop valdemoro from continuing on his dangerous drive. >> we have the pursuit intervention technique. we attempt to disable the vehicle that way and we also try to use a spike strip. >> the suspect had a large knife.
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when officers came commands to him to drop the knife, in which they were in fear of their lives, they discharged their firearm and the suspect was struck and suffered fatal injuries. >> reporter: on saturday, a housemate filed a missing persons' report. when police arrived, they found the 73-year-old father, ricardo sales dead. police say he had been bludgeoned to death. it's not clear how they connected valdemoro to that death, except they had a fight a week ago. now, his 35-year-old son, fredrick sales, is still missing at this hour. it's not known where he is. there are locations that vallejo police are searching right now. that's a possibility. i just don't know. i went to the market and if you walk through the front door, the market is not right there. you have to go down about 25- yards and left 5-yards and -- 15-yards and go right again. he wasn't shot right there. he jumped the turnstiles and went to the back of the market. the investigation will be done by the contra costa district attorney's office. kraig debro, ktvu channel 2 news. >> thank you, kraig. we'll continue the team coverage of this still high pressure-developing story all morning. you can also get more information at ktvu.com. all right. 7:07. we've got breaking news. chopper 2 is flying over hayward. a house is on fire. the fire is occurring on jacobs place.
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hopefully we'll have some pictures but these are live chopper 2 pictures right now. this is near the castro valley's don castro regional recreational area. sal is telling us now, the smoke you -- you can see it near interstate 580. but the smoke is not affecting the traffic. there is a fire at this house. chopper 2 is flying over it. firefighters are battling it. you can see how they are battling it. also, this is the 1st day of september and it's another spare the air day. the bay area air quality district says our air will be unhealthy. so they are encouraging everybody to ride transit. 7:08.
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speaking of sal, we want to get back to find out what's going on on the roads this morning. >> if you are taking public transit today, so far you'll find that traffic is doing very well around the bay area. and if you have anything different to say about that. if you are on a train and can tweet me, send me a message. we'd love to hear it and we'll pass it onto our viewers. westbound 237, traffic is going to be busy here crossing 880. we mentioned, it's the spare had -- spare the air day. 880 traffic is looking good, passing the cobble low see coliseum in both directions. if you are driving on the bay bridge, there is a back up to the 880 overcrossing. here's steve. good morning. yesterday at this time we were looking at the fog. it was all over the place.
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across the board, almost everyone except concord said cloudy. but now everyone today says clear. it's a spare the air day. a little unhealthy air today. not that bad but you get a little inversion. the temperature warms up and starts to cool from the service and that creates the inversion. it's actually 72 at mount tam. so very warm air in some of the higher elevations. nothing too unhealthy. we have that. current temperatures 50s, and 60s. 51 santa rosa, 58 downtown san francisco. 52 napa, fairfield, 57. there's your low 60s. even hayward on the mild side. it's 60. high pressure is building in. not only aloft but at the surface. there's some gusts about 25, 30 but they are up there at the surface. northeast 3 at hayward. on the mild side. that's hayward airport. everyone else has scoured out
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the fog, so the coast is looking good and san francisco sitting in the 50s right now. 64 at 9:00 a.m. 74 at noon and 84 for a high. the average high septemberst, usually 70 degrees. generally september and october are the warmer months. 88 downtown oakland. from san jose's 86 yesterday, we'll go 90 today. 37 up in tahoe. truckee made it to 32. they are 34. now, the fog is down towards santa maria, santa barbara, l.a. and san diego and points north. but not over us. you can see it right there. that's the high coming in. that will be over us today and tomorrow. but it's not going to put down stakes. by the time we get to the weekend, cool air will move in. 5 to 10 degrees warmer, no fog. elevated fire danger. keep that in mind, that's the
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prime time for higher fire danger. sunny and warmer, clear on the coast. there is a hint of a northerly breeze and highs 70s, 80s and 90s today. it look like about the same as temperatures stay right there and then a cooldown. 7:1. we'll find out in -- 7:1 we'll find out this year's biggest secret from apple. that are reports that steve jobs will announce a makeover for the ipod so it resembles the iphone 4. others believe he will update a version of his apple tv, a movie and tv service that's never really taken off. tom vacar is there and we'll have a live report with him in the second hour and apple's
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took is up .5% -- 1 1.5%. still ahead, vice president and robert gates are in baghdad. and we'll bring you a live report and the president's oval office speech. find out what a marin county judge is saying about executions being allowed to resume in prison. also, grabbing a snack at a movie theater or a convenience store may soon come with with a bigger guilt trip. blam
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this is an historic moment in the war in iraq. let's take a look now at the change of command ceremony this morning. the event marks the end of combat operations for u.s. troops and the beginning of "operation new dawn," the next phase of the commitment for rebuilding the country. vice president joe biden and defense secretary, rob gates, are there for event. >> i'm optimistic that these guys will get a coalition government and that they will continue to make progress. this is a -- going to be a work in progress for a long time. this is a new thing in the several thousand-year history of iraq. >> now, 50,000 u.s. troops remain in iraq this morning. vice president joe biden said they were on track to come home
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as planned next year. reporting live from washington, d.c., alison burns, ktvu channel 2 news. thank you, alison. 7:16. last night president obama spoke to the nation about the end of u.s. combat operations in iraq, saying the u.s. has paid a huge price to give iraqis the chance to shape their future. >> tonight i encourage iraq's leaders to move forward with a sense of urgency, to form an inclusive government that's just representative and accountable to the iraqi people. >> we talked to people in the bay area to get their reaction to the end of the air combat operations in iraq. >> it's always good to get the troops home, yeah. >> there still needs to be a lot of cleanup and some support of the new -- you know, just trying to help the iraqi government take control of themselves. >> if you missed it, you can
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watch president obama's entire speech marking the end of u.s. combat operations in iraq at ktvu.com. you will also find a survey looking for your reaction. today, tomorrow is focused on peace in the middle east. the president will hold separate oval office meetings with benjamin netanyahu and mahmoud abass. this is a meeting that will be held tomorrow. the u.s. department of homeland security is now warning against judgeping to conclusions -- jumping to conclusions as judge officials question two men suspected of conducting a test run for a future terror attack. the men were arrested in amsterdam whether they arrived on a flight from chicago. their arrests came after u.s. investigators found suspicious items in the men's luggage including a box cutter and a cell phone taped to a pep so business mol bottle.
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the -- pepto bismol bottle. the fbi says they don't expect to charge the men and it is likely they were carrying out a practice attack. a marin county judge says executions at san quentin will not be allowed to resume. executions have been on hold since 2006 following a legal challenge claiming lethal injection might inflict cruel and unusual punishment. the state has since revised the good lines an said they satisfy legal concerns. but an attorney who wept before the judge yesterday said the state did not follow procedure in drafting the new rules. >> if they had followed the rules, we wouldn't be here and have this lawsuit and have delays. >> jerry brown plans to appeal the judge's order to continue the ban on execution. in other fuse, we'll -- news, we'll soon have more information about the snacks we eat. the federal government could
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soon require convenience stores, airlines and movie theaters to post calorie counts for food sold. nutrition advocates like the idea but theatergoers say no one goes to the movies to eat snacks. if this happens it would be an expansion of new federal guidelines to post the calorie content of foods. well, california -- will california become the first state in the nation to ban the use of all plastic bags in stores? also ahead, a plan to save the state millions moves ahead. we'll tell you you how this could impact thousands of young children.
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at the end of their legislative session late last night, state lawmakers defeated the bill that 0 -- bill that would have banned all plastic bags in california. the bill would have been the first statewide ban targeting the bags. supporters say 19 billion bags used by californians every year hurt the environment but opponents say banning the bags would prove too costly for
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consumers. state lawmakers passed a bill to require ships to be supported by a barrier or boom whenever they transfer oil. this bill was introduced after the "dubai star" spilled all of that oil into the san francisco bay last october. more than 400 gallons of bufnler fuel spilled from the ship, killed dozens of bird and wildlife. oil ended up on the beaches of alameda county. louisiana is closing one of three command centers for the bp oil spill southeast of new orleans. reportedly workers have been told to leave by the end of the week because bp has not paid the bills owed to the property owner. officials say bp owes billions of -- millions of dollars in back rent and other expenses and some statements are reportedly several weeks late. 7:24. we want to check in with sal castanedo, see how things are going on this wednesday morning. sal? >> all right. we're looking at a new problem
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in pleasanton on santa rita road. i just got a tweet from a follower who said there's an accident reported on santa rita road near the livermore. we're checkingeningen that -- we're checking on that. westbound 580 not affected by the earlier fire we had in hayward. >> i want to mention that traffic is going to be busy. let's go right to some of our live pictures at the toll plaza vlths. the commute is looking okay. it's a spare the air day. we found out that caltrain 217 and 221 are running late and the train 221 is no locker limited. it's making all of the stops. that's also a report report from a viewer. here's steve. >> yesterday, there was fog all over the place. not today, skys are clear. it's already sunny. it's going to be very mild to
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start off with. now, it's 61 downtown san jose. our observer tom, he's out in blossom hill. 55. there tends to be about a 55- degree difference. right down from the north a little bit of a northerly breeze, it took care of the fog. there's some down in southern california if you have to head down there. but severe clear for us. 70s, 80s and 90s. 58 in san francisco right now we'll go 64 at 9:00, 74 at noon, that's nice and then 84 for a high. the average high on september 1st, 70 degrees. so just like clock work september comes in. we warm things up and get rid of the fog. 52 to 61. there's the 61 at san jose. oakland/berkeley on the mild side, at 59. that's a strong signature on the high pressure, on the left of your screen, that will be here today and tomorrow. sunny, warmer. it's clear on the coast. no, it is. no, no. a little north wind has taken care of that fog. 86 santa cruz, capitola. half moon bay, 76.
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san francisco 84 even up to bodega bay. big sur rooking for a high up in the -- in the upper 80s. the fog comes keep -- creeching down and will start a cooldown. we're following breaking news involving a suspected bay area killing spree. dwrur looking at live pictures just 30 minutes ago. homicide investigators linked the suspect in a hercules killing to the vite lent death of two women in vallejo. we'll have more on last night's fatal police shooting in richmond. that was just one grim scene tied to this terrifying place.
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we continue to get new information in the newsroom about a killing spree that spanned three bay area cities. at this point, five people are confirmed dead, including the suspect, and one man is still missing. bodies have been found in hercules, richmond and vallejo.
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>> reporter: we're on upland court. you can see this area has been taped off. this is where the bodies of two women were found overnight. also in that house, a large amount of chemicals used to make explosives. the surrounding homes in this area, five of them have been evacuated. the at -- the atf is on their way. vallejo police are on the scene. this is the home of dena allen and her husband. allen and her friend, 06-year- old carol smarlt, were reported missing on wednesday. for that -- and for days, it was just that, a missing person's report. allen's husband was also there. police tell us he had been living there with those two bodies. those bodies had apparently
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been there for quite a while. so that man was taken into custody for questioning. these two women are connected with the murder suspect efrain valdemoro. he has apparently stayed in the house in the past. valdemoro has been on the run from police in connection with the killing of an elderly man. authorities believe valdemoro was driving a vehicle belonging to one of the women. now, valdemoro was actually in a different vehicle when police chased him down last night in a high-speed chase. valdemoro was shot and killed by police. his girlfriend, who police believe was strangled, was found inside his car. we're still trying to connect all of these dots. but the focus remains on vallejo. it's still an active scene because of these explosive issues. ktvu has learned that in that storage facility were 20-pounds of ammonium precloer eight.
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it's described as something to use -- something used to make  explosives. apparently with that amount of explosives, the atf needs to be called in. they are on their way. we come back out live to upland court. it does look quiet. that's because they are in a holding pattern. police have moved all of the chemicals and we're being told. it's quite a lot of chemicals. in the backyard of this home, railroad tracks. so there's nothing -- they are not concerned about anyone being affected back there. why this person -- or these people had had all of these chemicals, it's still unclear it appears that he was some kind of -- all of these things are considered very dangerous. the neighborhood is evacuated. still in a holding pattern as we wait for the atf to arrive.
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we're continuing to piece together all of this information. we will keep you updated on "mornings on 2." live in vallejo, claudine wong, ktvu channel 2 news. >> we'll check back for an update. thank you. we'll continue our team coverage of this still developing story for the next 90 minutes. you cans are get more information by going to our channel 2 website at ktvu.com. time now 7:33. firefighters remain on the scene of an early-morning house fire in hayward. now, they rushed to this home on jacobs place about 6:00 this morning. look at these pictures, newschopper2 was flying over it. we have no idea of anyone being hurt yet. there appears to be a lot of damage to this building. can you see smoke from nearby interstate 580 but traffic on 580 wasn't affected. still no word on what caused the fire. police in san rafael are searching for a man who groped a woman on the street. this happened this past sunday at 1:30 in the morning onth street. police say the woman was walking with a friend when a
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man walked past and grabbed her. now, the suspect's description is pretty vague. he's described only as caucasian, about 5'8", 5'10", he had on a black hooded sweatshirt and was wearing a black baseball cap. if you have any information contact san rafael police. the man accused of wounding a fremont police officer said he did not know todd young was a policeman. yesterday, alameda county prosecutors filed charges against 20-year-old andrew barrientos that could send him to prison for the rest of his life. barrientos is still behind bars in san diego county following his arrest near the mexican border on saturday. investigators say barrientos admits shooting young but claims he it not know he was a police officer. young was in street clothes at the time. in the meantime doctors at oakland's highland hospital says the officer is scheduled to undergo more surgery this week. but they say the 39-year-old
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continues to show signs of improvement. they are calling his latest operation a success. he suffered two bullet wounds during friday's gun fight in oakland. doctors say he lost a lot of blood. 7:35. on this wednesday morning, it's back to square one for state lawmakers and the governor because there's still no new budget. this is after state lawmakers boat voted down two -- lawmakers voted down two measures. legislative leaders from both sides along with the governor will now go back to negotiations to try to work out a compromised budget that will be able to pass with the required two-thirds support. excitement is building for the first major debate of this election season. jade hernandez is at st. mary's college ahead of the faceoff.
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good morning, jade. >> reporter: good morning. we just spoke to some students here at st. mary's college. they are very excited that this u.s. senate faceoff will be held here. there are expectations on what they will hear from candidates but any say there will be turnoffs if the candidates don't stay on track. >> i really don't want to see an attack on the person so much. i really want to see them address the issues as much as i would love to hear, i know, information concerning each other. it's really about the issues and for them to go after each other would definitely be a major negative. >> reporter: these two women couldn't be more different. tonight's debate will allowance -- will last an hour, barbara boxer against carly fiorina. she spoke to the commonwealth yesterday. boxer stood firm that she hud be reelected to guide the count out of a recession. her recovery plan centers on
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promoting clean energy technology which she says can invest in infrastructure. she said the economy started to crumble under former president bush and democrats kept it from getting worse. carly fiorina campaigned in the central valley. the former hewlett-packard ceo has attacked boxer's record on jobs and federal spending. healthcare is another area the two candidates disagree. . >> she's definitely gonna hit hard the role of government and how she's gonna handle the economic issues in california. not increasing taxes and trying
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to reduce the deficit. >> as a young democrat and being a part of the democrat, i think boxer has done what's best for our country. my parents own a small business company and that being -- those kinds of things need to happen for our country to survive. >> reporter: a lot of pressure for tonight's debate. californians will be deciding between two women with very different views. tonight's debate will be the first and only scheduled debate. randy shandobil will moderate. coming up, hear from a man who is an expert. he will explain how the televised debate are on the verge of changing. we'll explain that -- coming up. >> just a reminder you can watch the debate live right here at ktvu channel 2 tonight at 7:00. i know i will be tuned in. >> oh, yeah. absolutely. 7:39. sal is tuned into our commute. how are we doing? >> we're okay. we've had a rough one this
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morning. we've had a couple of things going on. let's go outside. northbound 280, a little bit slow going into the valley, just the regular traffic we see getting into the valley especially since school has picked back up. we've had more people on the freeway, 237 some stop and go traffic. this morning's commute at the bay bridge, it's about 10 minutes delayed, maybe more. the authorities would lofn for you to use public transport talts to help out with air quality today. here's steve. good morning everything. 24 hours ago, it was like we were in the fog. we say good boy to june, july, august and we had the cooler summer for some in 35 years. slowest fire season in 23 years. but september/october, usually that's what we start to really
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crank up fire season. let's hope things are quiet. we doo have a -- we do have a spare the air day. if you start at the surface, you go up, it cools and then that's your inversion there. temperatures right now, they are onthe mild side for some. a little cool. santa rosa, 51. probably warmer than this now. napa, 52. that's at the airport. san francisco '58. 58 oakland, 61 san jose. hayward airport has a little puff of a northeast breeze. three miles an hour. that's a puff. the fog got wiped out yesterday because of a north wind. there's still a northerly component to some of the areas. temperatures going right above. the coast is clear as we like to say.
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there's no fog out there. what i wanted to show you from these other lows is mount tam is at 70 degrees. that's 9 degrees warmer. there's your inversion. kenwood did make it to 38. american canyon, 55. fairfield, 57. yet, vallejo has a slight northerly breeze. they are 67. kenwood to vallejo, 16-degree spread. 37 tahoe. 32 this morning, truckee. once you get to september, the -- it just dips. the fog is down in southern california, actually, santa barbara, santa maria, l.a. san diego. talk about high pressure building in, you can see it to the left of your screen, right there. right hear. that will be over us today and tomorrow. and then it look like another system moves into the northwest. sunny and warmer, though, the coast, though can't find any fog. it's good to go.
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santa cruz, 86 degrees. 76 half moon bay to pacifica's 74. 84 in san francisco. it will be sunny and nice to mild to warm inland. sunny and warm to hot. with 80s and 90s. it looks like about the same tomorrow. forecast projections have backed off on any further warming thursday. a little cooler on friday. and then a cooldown starts for the weekend. 7:42. as the investigation continues into that emergency landing of a quantas flight at sfo, we're now hearing the dramatic cockpit tapes from that flight early yesterday morning. and a mccain family member breaks her silence about the one-time vice presidential candidate sarah palin.
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taking a live -- taking a live look at the big board on wall street, a good start to the month of september, stocks surging after upbeat signs of growth in china and australia. alleviating some worries about a global economic slowdown. however there is some bad news, the private sector cutting jobs in august. the markets are ignoring that. the dow is up -- 7:46. today, the major automakers will release their august sales numbers and they are expected to not be good. edmonds.com predicts overall sales will be down 18% 23r last year. that's when the cash for clunkers program boosted the numbers. the auto website also expects sales to be down 1.5% from
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july. but other experts say month-to- month sales could drop as much as 3%. the bank meltdown is the subject of a too-big-to fail hearing in washington, d.c. you are looking at live pictures of the hearing on clip. the former ceo of lehman brothers and wachovia are defending their actions leading up to the failure of their company. but they say the decision not to rescue makes sense. joe miller was backed by the tea party and by sarah palin. and he won the race.
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it's been tight but the incumbent senator lisa mar cowsky -- marcowsky has conceded. well, megan mccain, the daughter of john mccain, is now talking about sarah palin bringing "drama, stress, complications, panic and loads of uncertainty to that 2008 presidential campaign." however, ms. mccain said she doesn't believe sarah palin is to blame for her father's defeat. a conservative legal group is trying to force governor schwarzenegger and attorney general jerry brown to defend the state's gay marriage ban in court. a judge overturned proposition 8 last month. it sponsors an appeal. but there's concern they don't have the authority to challenge.
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an emergency order would require the governor and attorney general to support the appeal something they've refused to do. we're now hearing the dramatic cockpit tapes from the quantas flight that made an emergency landing at sfo early yesterday morning. the pilot radioed in after one of the jet's engines exploded over the pacific. >> engine number 4 has failed. [ inaudible. [ . >> the wet was only about 45 minutes into its flight from san francisco to sydney, australia. the frightening blast ripped a hole in the engine. the pilot jumped fuel in the pacific before landing safely back at sfo. no one was hut. we posted a slide show with more photos. go to ktvu.com. 7:49. i don't know if you felt it but we had had an earthquake this morning. no damage reported as of yet. i had had a dash it had a
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magnitude 3.2. it hit just before 6:30 last night. the epicenter was five miles west-northwest of the town of clayton at about 15 miles west of antioch. there's also an important warning this morning if you own a pet in saratoga. there's been an alarming increase in coyote attacks. the experts say these coyotes appear to be rapidly expanding -- expanding their territory out there. family mets,s you a know, make easy prey for coyotes. animal control officers have killed six cats. we talked to a pet owner out there whose cat was killed by coyotes last month. >> what's happening is the food chain is normally bunny rabbits that have been overpopulating and they didn't this year. so they've come to get domestic animals. >> well, so far there are no plans to put any traps in the
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saratoga woods neighborhood. last year, county workers trapped seven coyotes and then had had them euthanized. it is ten minutes before 8:00. there may be a downside to being a good recycler at home. plus -- the situation is still pretty tense at the site of that prison riot in northern california. we'll bring you all of the detail. the
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welcome back. here's the latest on hurricane earl, which is headed to the east coast -- this morning the storm actually weakened a little bit. it's now a category 3. the winds are now at 120 miles an hour. it's still pretty strong. as earl churns over the waters, it's expected to make landfall in north carolina early tomorrow or -- late tomorrow or early friday. earlier today, earl passed by the dominican republic and puerto rico and caused power
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outages and damage. no word of any deaths so far. residents who live along the coast in san mateo county, you may hear a very loud siren this morning. the county will conduct eight sirens at 10:00 this morning. there are eight sirens located along beaches. a full volume test will make sure they are working properly. in sacramento county, fulsom prison is still in lockdown mode four days after a riot that injured seven inmates. the riot erupted among 200 inmates in the main exercise yard on friday. the injured im immates were shot. inmates are allowed to go to the dining hall in small groups. but work and school sessions are cancelled it's still not
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clear what set off the riot. some people in the bay area are finding that as they recycle more, their garbage rates are going up. for example, palo alto has a long-term contract at a landfall that does not expire until 2021. but because city residents are now generating less waste, the city is spending $650,000 a year for unused space at the landfall. and as residents and businesses recycle more they switch to smaller and less expensive trash cans. so now palo alto is looking to increase residential garbage rates by 6%. >> okay. >> can't win. >> hey sal, can you help the folks in the south bay? >> well, i'm trying. the very -- 280 is not a great commute getting up to highway 17. there goes caltrain. those are one of the bombardier cars there.
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there you go. caltrain, a couple slight delays this morning. nothing major on caltrain. let's move along, 101 northbound, not very good getting up to the interchange. 85 is also slow. i guess if you want to be an optimist. a lot of people are going to their jobs in the south bay. westbound bay bridge, it is barked up from about the 880 overcrossing. those metering lights are on. it's about a 10 to 12-minute delay at toll at the toll plaza. santa rosa, san jose, sfo and travis air force base all say calm. that didn't happen very often and the coast is fog-free. even san francisco. look at that. it will be warm. already 58 in sphem. we've going for 84. usually september/october some of the nicest weather of the year shows up in the city. there is a little hint of a breeze. but it got wiped out from the
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fog. 70s, 80s and 90s. temperatures will be above average here for the next day or two. in fact, we'll see temperatures 58 in san francisco, we'll go 84 for a high. the average high on september 1st is 70 degrees. so here we go -- here we go. 52 to 61. although probably warmer than that at santa rosa and napa. there's the system moving in. high pressure moving to the left of your screen. that will be here today and tomorrow and another system moves in for a cooldown as we get into the weekend. the forecast models kind of backed off anything -- kind of backed off. 70s and 80s closer to the coast. 80s and 90s around the bay. a little cooler on the coast friday. that fog is not that far away. it will be back and here comes a cool down for the weekend. a terrifying story we've
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welcome back to "mornings on 2." i'm tori campbell. >> good morning. i'm dave clark. it's wednesday, the first day of september. we're getting some new information now about that very disturbing killing spree that spanned three bay area cities. here's what we know right now about this very complex case. five people are confirmed dead including the suspect. one man is still missing right now. a vallejo neighborhood is under evacuation orders at this hour, a bomb squad unit is removing very dangerous chemicals. now, we have live team coverage for you this morning. kraig debro is at that richmond crime scene but let's first with claudine wong. she's live in vallejo with the very latest. >> reporter: good morning. year on upland court. this court remains taped off. the house in question is right behind me.
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the bodies of two women were found in here. chemicals were found, chemicals used to make explosives. the atf is on its way and we are waiting for them to arrive. this is the home of 67-year-old dena allen and her husband. allen and her friend, 60-year- old carol smart, were reported missing on wednesday. for days this was just a missing person's case, that is, until last night when police came to investigate. allen's husband was in the home and apparently had been living there with those bodies. he's in custody right now answering questions with police. a large amount of explosives material was also found in the home and that's why the evacuations got underway. a storage is connected to all of this. the bomb squad was there. they found 20 pounds of
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ammonium chlorate, what is being described as a bomb making material. the atf, alcohol, tobacco and firearms, has been called in to deal with both the upper -- upland location. how is this all connected to efrain valdemoro? apparently he knows one of the vallejo woman and has stayed at the upland courthouse in the past. he was also believed to be driving a car believed to be driven by one of the women. now, back live here in vallejo. we are awaiting the arrival of a disspokesperson who can hopefully -- of a spokesperson who can hopefully provide more
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information. it's confusing with so many people involved, so many scenes and so many victims. the person who seems to be at the center of this, kraig debro has more on that part of the story. kraig? >> reporter: yeah. good morning, claudine. people are starting to arrive at this strip mall. behind me is the front door. cars are no longer there. if people have not gone online or have not been watching the news they might not know what's happened. more than two hours ago, the suspect's car was searched for explosives. police discovered two sets of explosions. sijs he was driving the car, this car, they searched the two just in case, te found no explosives. 38-year-old efrain valdemoro
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was killed around 8:40 last night following oo confront fashion with the police. he's a suspect in the strangulation death of a woman found in the car he was driving. last night, pleasanton -- dash pln hill police spotted valdemoro's vehicle and gave chase. at 8:00 p.m. last night, chp took over the place and chased valdemoro to highway 80. chase reached speeds up to 100 miles an hour. police laid down spike strips but valdemoro kept going. they say they had no idea that woman was dead until they get to pierce and central and rif monday. the chp says valdemoro got out of his car, ran into the marketer with was shot and killed. >> we have the pursuit
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intervention technique. >> a suspect had a large knife. when the officers gave commands for him to drop the knife, he lunged at officers in which they were in near for his life. now, it is not clear how valdemoro might be connected to this hercules home. last saturday, a missing persons' report was found. police found the father, ricardo sales, dead. police say he had been bludgeoned to death. frederick sales is still missing. he was reported missing on saturday by a housemate. that was around 3:00 in the afternoon. police arrived at 5:00 in the afternoon. the younger sales has not been seen since. i spoke to a neighbor. he said he believed there were
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four people living in the house, an elderly woman, an elderly man and two younger people. he believed the older woman owned the house but it's not clear if one of -- if one of the women found in vallejo is the woman who owned the house in hercules. when i asked what was the motive behind all of this? somebody gets into a fight and they kill someone else, that happens but police say this might have stemmed from a domestic situation that's all i could get out of the chp. meanwhile, the chp officers involved in the shooting are placed on administrative paid leave while the investigation koelts. kraig debro, ktvu channel 2 news. >> thank you, kraig. >> we'll continue our live team coverage of this still developing story, as can see. you can also get more information by going to our channel 2 website, ktvu.com. 8:07. this morning, sunnyvale police are searching for a suspect in
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a shooting that injured one man. the victim was found in an apartment on ayala drive shortly before 1 1:00 o'clock last night. they tell us the script's -- police say the victim's injuries are not life- threatening. there's no motive and no suspect description. we're gonna find out in about two hours, this year's secret september announcement from ap. the invitation-only event has attracted camera crews and bloggers from all over the world. as you can see, from this video. usually apple reveals updates to the line in september. there are reports that steve jobs will announce a makeover for the ipod so it resembles the iphone 4. other apple fans believe he will update a version of the apple tv. a movie and tv service that's not really taken off yet. this first day of september
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is another spare-the-air day. everyone is being encouraged to avoid driving and to use carpools or mass transit. this is only the third spare the air day of the summer. the previous two were during last week's big heatwave. >> it's gonna be hot today. 8:08. that south bay is still not looking good. >> it's not. i hate to say it but 101 and 280 in san jose, not doing well at all. look at 101. it's a virtual standstill. i thought all of the hip steres were gone? who are all of these people? northbound 101, northbound 280 traffic is going to be busy. let's go to northbound 280 in san jose, 280 northbound is slow still getting up to highway 17. no major issues here. that's backed up as you get out towards -- that's about a 12-
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minute delay. that's backed up to the 880 yoef crossing getting into san francisco. and now meteorologist, steve paulson. >> sal castanedo -- >> yes -- >> thank you, sir. we're looking at a lot of fog. it was inland. only concord said mostly sunny. everybody else said foggy and cloudy. today it's clear. i was just looking at the visible satellite but the fog is way down there. it will probably be back in about 48 hours. that's just the way it's been. we do have a spare the air day. only our third this entire summer. it's been a cool summer. but we're getting inversion there traing some pollutants. you -- trapping some of the pollutants. next week could be really cool.
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56 in santa rosa. 62 in san francisco. warming up. 64 san jose, same for hayward. there is a million -- most everybody says calm. when sfo and travis air force base -- usually one or the other has a little breeze. not today. that's because high pressure is nilt whether -- has built in. there are a few locations have a northeast wind. everyone says calm. santa rosa, 86. we'll go 94 today. there is your 84 in san francisco. average high this time of year is 70. walnut creek, 94. oakland, 88. san jose, 90. 42 in tahoe. ukiah went to breakfast but they are probably about 62. 50, 60s, in southern california. that's where the fog is and here comes the high. that had be here for about 72 hours. warmer weather kicked in yesterday. five to ten degrees warmer.
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no fog. if you want to head to the coast, go ahead. the elevated fire danger is with us for a while. temperatures stay warm to hot tomorrow, about the sale on friday and then here comes your cooler weather on the weekend. we hear from u.s. troops in iraq about what they think of the end of the u.s. combat mission. >> it means i'm not gonna have to come back.
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treatment of raw sewage has been spilling into the bay, could start sometime today. in the meantime, swimming, bolting, fishing remain offlimits. the concern follows 48,000 gallons of raw sewage spilling into the redwood shores neighborhood in lagoon last week. it took about six hours to fix the leak. the e. coli bacteria levels in the lagoon are still high. there are reports that during the past three years 216,000 gallons of sewage have spilled into the waters near redwood city. 8:15. this morning, vice president
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joe biden is taking part in a ceremony of the change of command in iraq. ktvu's alison burns is live in our washington, d.c. newsroom with more. >> reporter: good morning, tori. this morning we have been watching history in iraq. j lust the last few hours, the -- in just the last few hours, the u.s. military held a ceremony marking the end of combat operations and marking the beginning of "new dawn." vice president joe biden and bob gates are in baghdad. the transition means ray d. is moving on. >> hope has replaced despair. today is a new dawn in our relationship with the government of iraq. >> reporter: now, bob gets said
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the u.s. is no long he at war in iraq. he's optimistic iraqi leaders are on track too form a -- to form a functioning government. critics are expressing doubt that iraq will be stable enough for the 50,000 remaining u.s. forces to leave as planned next year. reporting from washington, d.c., alison burns, ktvu channel 2 news. >> in iraq, u.s. troops give their reaction to the end of combat mission. >> to me it means we've done well and work ourselves out of a job, it means i'm not gonna have to come back. >> more than 4400 american troops died in fighting in iraq. another 34,000 were wounded. last night, president obama spoke to the nation saying the u.s. has paid a high price to give iraqis the chance to shape their future. >> tonight, i encourage iraq's leaders to move forward with a sense of urgency, to form an
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inclusive government that's just representative -- that's just, representative and accountable to the iraqi people. >> president obama also said as u.s. troops leave iraq, more attention to -- more attention will shift to afghanistan. president obama will be holding separate oval office meetings with bennett tanya huh and mahmoud abbas. the leaders of egypt and jordan will always take part in the talks. back here at home, a marin county says executions will not be allowed to resume. they've been on hold since 2006. following a legal challenge that claimed lethal injection might inflict cruel and unusual punishment. >> the state has revised the exdpution guidelines and said they satisfy the legal concerns. an attorney who went before the judge yesterday said the state
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did not follow procedure when drafting the new rules. >> if they had followed the rules, we wouldn't be here. we wouldn't have this lawsuit and we wouldn't have the additional delays. >> now, jerry brown plans to appeal the order to continue the ban on executions. 8:18. the university of california may begin admitting more out of state students to deal with -- to help deal with the budget. out-of-state students bring in a lot more money. for example, at cal, out-of- state students pay 35,000 a year, while instate students pay 12,000. there is concern that the instate students would be crowded out if the recommendations passes. a student has reportedly lost her legal fight against the california state university system. the san francisco chronicle reports the communications major filed a lawsuit after she
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was billed twice in the same smes ter after the school hiked its fees. a judgment handed down on monday says the university does not have to pay her anything. 8:19. will california become the first state in the country to ban the use of plastic bags? state lawmakers made a decision last night in a last-minute round of voting. makeor changes are now underway at one of the command centers for the bp oil spill. why workers are being told to leave by the end of the week. right now, 680 traffic is still looking pretty good as you drive to the south bay. we'll tell you more about the morning commute and have another look at the weather coming up.
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it state lawmakers defeated a bill that would have beened -- barned all plastic bags in california. critics states banning those bags could end up being very costly for consumers. a bill was introduced after the tanker at the "dubai star"
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spilled oil into the san francisco bay last october. more than 400 gallons of bunker fuel spilled from the "dubai star" killing dozens of birds oil also ended up on alameda county beaches. a barrier is now required to be around ships. reportedly workers have been told to leave. gulf coast area by the end of the week because bp has not paid bills owed to the property owner. officials say bp owes millions of dollars in back rent and other expenses and some statements are already several weeks late. 8:2. speaking of late? any computers, will they be late? >> some of them will be. we're looking at the bay area bridges. the bay bridge is backed up for about maybe a 15-minute key lay. san francisco and -- san mateo bridge looking good. we can actually see the -- see
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the richmond bridge because there's no fog. here's steve. >> hold on there, sal. >> steve, what a hot day it's gonna be? >> yes, sir. i was just -- i was just updating temperatures because they are getting warmer and sal is correct. yesterday, a lot of fog, not today. san francisco, 61. i just updated it. it's 62. we're warming um fast. even santa cruz, yeah, that's what the control room says. a lot of sunshine and warmer. temperatures today will be -- september we usually -- september is the time where we start to see warmer weather, 64, 74 at noon. that will be nice. sit outside. 84. advertised september 1st in downtown san francisco, 70 degrees. we're out of the gate fast. mount tam 70 degrees. that's 8 degrees warmer than yesterday. kenwood was down to 48. mount 577. american canyon, 61.
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fairfield 68. vacaville. it will be hot out there. it will be hot. high pressure -- there is a yeah from the peanut gallery. sunny and warmer, clear on the coast. it's offshore. it's well down in southern california, 70s and 80s, 90s. june, july august. we only had three times. we are looking for warmer weather here for a couple of days into the weekend. and then noticably much cooler with maybe some rain in northern california dave. >> okay, steve. 8:26. we're gonna bring you a live update on that terrifying story we've been telling you about all morning long. the investigation into several bay area killings has brought out the bomb squad and forced the evacuation of a vallejo neighborhood. fiber one chewy bar.
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8:29. at this hour, a vallejo neighborhood is under evacuation orders. the atf is on it way. they are gonna remove dangerous chemicals from a people where -- from a home where two bodies were found overnight. all of this is connected to a killing spree in hercules, richmond and vallejo. right now, we know that five people are confirmed dead, including the suspect. another man is still missing. ktvu's claudine wong is in
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vallejo now with an update on how things are going. good morning, claudine. >> reporter: good morning, dave. yes. we want to show you what's happening. there is a member here from the atf of. we've been -- atf. we've been waiting for them to arrive regarding those chemicals. surrounding homes have been evacuated. that's the house in question right there. chemicals have been moved to the backyard. i want to show you pictures of the backyard. these are chemicals police say are used to make explosives. what is being made and why, we still don't know. this is the home of 67-year-old dena allen and her husband. allen and her friend, carol smart, were reported missing on wednesday. for days this was just a missing person's case and then police came here to talk to the husband and found the two women's bodies in the home.
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those body ace parentally had been in the home with allen living there. he is in custody right now. the bodies have been taken away. but when the explosive chemicals were found, the evacuation got underway. the bomb squad also made a stop at a storage facility here in vallejo which is somehow connected to all of this. police say they found 20 pounds of ammonium cloerate. the bomb squad couldn't handle that area so they called the atf in. how is this all connected to efrain valdemoro? well, apparent le he -- apparently he knows one of the women. valdemoro was suspected of killing and elderly man in hercules last friday. that man's son is also still missing at this hour.
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now, valdemoro was shot and killed last night after a high- speed chase that went from pleasant hill to richmond and ended at a shooping septemberer -- shopping center. valdemoro was shot after he pulled out a knife. valdemoro's girlfriend was also found and it's believed she was strangled. five people dead, the two elderly women, valdemoro girlfriend's and valdemoro himself is again. what is not known is where the son of ricardo sales is. i talked to the police and they say it could be the that he's the man that connects them or it could be for other reasons not related. that's what we're trying to figure out. we've been waiting for a spoke manl to arrive -- spokesman to arrive. we're ready and waiting.
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when he does come and gives a statement, we'll bring that to you. live here in vallejo, claudine wong, ktvu channel 2 news. >> thank you, claudine. we will continue our live team coverage on this still- developing story. you can also get more information by going to our channel 2 website, ktvu.com. it is 8:32. san rafael police are searching for a man who groped a woman on the street. it happened this past sunday around 1:30 a.m. on 4th street. police say the victim was walking with a friend when a man walked past and grabbed her. the suspect's description is vague. he's described only as caucasian between 5'8" and 5'10". he had on a black hooded sweatshirt and black baseball cap. if you have any information, call san rafael police. thirty-four suspected gang members were arrested in a raid in the central vale after a year-long investigation. >> there's a whole variety of
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charges. that's assault. there's killings. there's dope, there's weapons. >> attorney general jerry brown says many of the suspects controlled gang territories in santa cruz, san jose and the east bay. he also says three of the gang king pins used smuggled cell phones to run gang operations from inside pelican bay state prison. 8:33. the man accused of wounding a fremont police officer says he never knew officer todd young was a policeman. yesterday, alameda county prosecutors fired charges against andrew barrientos that could send him to prison for the rest of his life. now, barrientos is still behind bars in san diego county following his arrest light near the mexican border saturday. investigators say barrientos admits shooting officer young but claims he didn't know he was a police officer. officer young was in street clothing at the time. in the meantime, doctors at oakland's highland hospital say officer young will have more surgery later this week.
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but they say the 39-year-old officer is showing signs of improvement. they are calling this latest operation yesterday, a success. the 39-year-old-year-old -- the 39-year-old officer was shot friday during a gun fight in oakland. doctors say he lost a lot of blood. >> on this wednesday morning, it's back to square one for state lawmakers and the governor because there's still no new budget. that's after state lawmakers voted down two budget propose ams on the very last day of their legislative session. democrats voted against the republican budget plan. republicans voted against the democrats' plan. rej lative leaders from both si ldz along with the governor will now go back to negotiations and try to come up with a compromised budget that can be passed with the required two-thirds support. 8:35. preparations are underway for the first major debate of the election season. jade hernandez is at st. mary's
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college ahead of the faceoff between barbara boxer and carly fiorina. >> reporter: good morning. we have been hearing from the students and that's because the faceoff is being held her. students expect to hear issues but they doesn't want to hear the candidates go off track. >> i want to see them address the issues, not the attacks. as much as i would like to hear the information between the two, it's really about the issues and doing that that would be a negative. >> reporter: today's debate will last an hour between barbara boxer, the three-term senator who is facing a tightly- contested race between carly
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fee fiorina. she said she should be reelected to guide this state to be out of the recession. she said her opponent outsourced jobs while ceo of hewlett-packard. carly fiorina campaigned in the central valley yesterday. the former ceo accused boxer failing to help out the economy. she's attacked boxer's record on federal jobs and spending, and healthcare. fee rena wants to repeal the healthcare bill. she also favors a two-year payroll tax holiday for small businesses and a professor said both will need to maintain civility tonight because this
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debate is one of the ways they can be ee vam waited. >> i think we're in a new transtion. 50 years ago -- we're just in the trafnztion where another -- transtion where another kind of politics are taking place. i think we're seeing it right now. >> reporter: a lot of pressure for tonight's hour-long debate. californianscalifornian will be deciding the issues and it's the evenly scheduled debate so far. randy shandobil will moderate tonight's matchup at 7:00 p.m. reporting live from morago, jade hernandez, ktvu channel 2 news. >> we want to remind you you can watch the debate live here at 7:00 tonight. 8:38. a bill that's headed to governor schwarzenegger's desk would delay the start of kindergarten for children here in california. state lawmakers passed a bill
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yesterday that would require children to be five years old by september 1st of the school year in order to enroll in kinld. the current cut -- kindergarten. the current cutoff date is the 7th. 8:38. we want to check in with sal castanedo, who starts off this report with some delays on caltrain. >> that's right. we found out that train number 221 is 40 minutes late. it's running behind train 223 and 225. so we do have caltrain delays this morning. let's take a look at the tough freeways. westbound bay bridge backed up for at least a 12-minute delay here getting before you pay the money and then another five minutes at the metering lights. no problems on the bridge. also this morning, san francisco northbound 101 some slowing from caesar can chavez up to the 80 split and the south bay traffic has been slow
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on 280 on 101 in downtown san jose. here's steve. >> thank you, sal. a couple of notes here. everybody says calm on their 880 report. but when sfo, napa -- and you can even throw cordelia in there, calm. that's very unusual. at least somebody has a breeze. >> spare the air day is out. a little bit more on the unhealthy side. you get the inversion. you start to cool off. there is your inversion. that tracks the pollutants and that's why spare the air day today and tomorrow. but the fog is gone. a little northeasterly breeze took care of that. severe, clear, sunny and warmer across the board, 70s 80s and 90s. already 62 in san francisco.
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september we look for sunshine and warmer weather and we're starting -- that's exactly what we have today. 64 san jose, 64 oakland/berkeley. 66 sacramento. 90s there. 50s down in southern california. 60s because that's where the fog is. it's been pushed down south of point concepcion. there you go. that's it. that's the high coming in for today and tomorrow. warmer weather moves in. rm to hot. temperatures go above average. our forecast model has kind of backed off a little bit from going too hot. nothing compared to what we had last tuesday. it will be warm to hot. clear on the coast, though, a light northerly breeze, mainly north and east bay hills have higher elevations. 70s, 80s and 90s. if you want to head to the coast, it's good to go, today,
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probably most of tomorrow. then i think that fog starts to show tori and dave? >> we're expecting a news conference any minute now on a killing spree and the massive and explosives -- and the massive explosives found in vallejo. we'll bring that to you as soon as it happens. >> reporter: what new wonders will apple reveal today? will we finally see television on the iphone? i'm consumer editor, tom vacar. that story -- as "mornings on 2" continues. !%
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let's bring you up to date on some of the top stories we're following for you right now. the vallejo bomb squad found a large amount of explosives while they investigate a suspected bay area killing spree. the discovery lead to the -- red to the evacuation of several homes. 38-year-old efrain valdemoro is suspected of killing two women in vallejo as well as his difficult and a man in hercules. last night police shot and killed valdemoro following a police chase that ended in a richmond shopping mall.
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this is the official end of u.s. combat operations in iraq. and there is now a hurricane warning for the north carolina coast as hurricane earl getting ready to come ashore sometime early friday. the huge storm weakened a bit overnight. it's now a category 3 hurricane. 8:45. rumors are flying about apple's planned announcement in san francisco. the invitation-only event has attracted camera crews and bloggers from around the world. tom vacar is at the yerba buena center now with details. good morning, tom. >> reporter: consider this -- apple is one of the most important high-tech and industrial companies in the nation, worth more than microsoft now. the question today is will it be evolution or revolution? one of the things that is expected is a new generation of ipods. why is that important?
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they were introduced only nine years ago. it's on its fourth or fifth generation and there are already 21 distinct, different models and hundreds have been told. so possibly a new series which means for the holidays, they will be big, big sellers, possibly a new apple system where -- where can you take tv from the internet put it on your tv. another feature, basically something like a car that you rent for a day or two. instead of buying something and keep it permanently you just went it for a certain period of time and it disappears. this will be the big thing jobs will be talking about today. what's most important is apple's continuing dominance even in this terrible economy really helps the bay area's economy and the nation's economy since so much of the stuff does end up going
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overseas. we will see what mr. jobs has to say, we will see his new ideas are and we'll see the products many of us will be using in the future. tom vacar, ktvu channel 2 news. >> thank you, tom. 8:47. the bank meltdown is the subject after too-big-to fail hearing in washington, d.c. you are looking at live pictures of that hearing in d.c. the former ceos of lehman brothers and wa cove yaw are defending the actions before the failure of their companies. they say the government's decision not to rescue them made sense under the circumstances. jen the motors is the first automaker to release their august sales numbers and they are not good. gm's august sales dipped 7%
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compared with july. gm sales are down 25% compared to august of last year. that was when the cash for clunkers -- cash for clunkers program. industry analysts say the number could fall below 1 million vehicles, making it the worst august in 27 years. time now, 8:48. in -- in alaska, a little-known conservative attorney just won the republican nomination for the u.s. senate. his name is joe miller. he was backed by the tea party and by sarah palin. it was a tough race for several days but the incumbent senator has conceded the race. she says even though all of the an tentee ballots are still not counted, she says there's no way she can win. well, megan mccain, the daughter of john mccain, is talking about sarah palin's impact on her father's failed presidential bid. in interviews she's doing to
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promote her new book on politics, she says sarah palin brought drama, stress, complications, panic and loads of uncertainty to the 2008 presidential campaign. however, ms. mccain said she doesn't believe sarah palin is to blame for her father's defeat -- defeat. a b.a.r.t. board member looking to become a san francisco supervisor reportedly owes the government some money. the san francisco chronicle reports that records indicate, lynette suite owes 20,000 in back taxes and penalties and a lien has been placed on her home. sweet told the mainer she was unaware if the situation -- that the situation was unresolved. she said she sent a cashier's check but it turns out it was made out to sweet, not the teshry department. she says the new check is on its way. 8:50. from hollywood this morning, there are reports that zsa zsa gabor is back in the hospital. the actress was reportedly taken by an ambulance from her
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home in bel air too the ucla medical center. that's where she had a hip replaced earlier this summer. the family says her condition right now is not life- threatening but they didn't go into further details. zsa zsa gabor is 93 years old. she was released from the hospital two weeks ago following that hip operation. ten minutes now before 9:00. up next we'll tell you who is the target of an aggressive chp crackdown taking place today. plus -- why it will soon be easier to track how many cal rays you eat when you are on the go.
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you drivers with arrest warrants will be the target after crackdown by chp today. officers will be making simultaneous warrant sweeps around various counties all over the state. the chp says they will be rounding up any offenders who skipped court appearances. in sacramento county, fulsom prison is still in lockdown mode. four days after a riot that injured seven inmates. that riot broke out among 200 inmates in the main exercise yard on friday. the injured inmates were shot by prison guards. two are still in the hospital but the other five have been released. inmates are allowed to go to the dining hall in small groups but work and school sessions have been cancelled.
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still not clear what triggered that riot. 8:54. people who live along the coast in san mateo county may hear a very loud siren this morning. the county sheriff avenue department will conduct a full cobble vum test of tsunami warning sirens at 10:00 a.m. there are eight sirens located along coastal areas and beaches. a full volume test will ensure the tie -- the sirens are functioning properly. well, starting today netflix subscribers can get the movies from three big studios online sooner. netflix is paying about a billion dollars to offer films from mgm, mara mount and lions gate, 90 days after the movies are on paid tv. it will be part of the watch instantly offering. industry analysts will help convert more people getting their movies on online. as well as boost the sales for netflix. amazon.com is talking talking with several major companies
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without limiting older tv shows and movies online. amazon has approached viacom, time warner and sony already. that's according to sources close to the company. the first discussions are focusing on tv shows and movies that are already available on home video. amazon has been struggling to stay relevant as consumers switch to netflix or apple's itunes stores. we will -- the federal government could soon require convenience stores, airlines and movie theaters to post calorie counters. theater owners say no one goes to the movies just to east snacks. airlines say they have nowhere to post the information. this would be an expansion of new federal guidelines that require any chain restaurant with more than 20 locations to list calories. the form earl site of the plump jack restaurant at cal hollow is being taken over by
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the iron chef winner dominique cre ne. the new eatery will be called kren. she plans to redo the front of the restaurant -- but will keep the kitchen intact. money for the renovation is estimated to be more than $2 4u7b,000. 8:56. how are we doing in the commute. dave we're okay. it's getting a little better out there, dave and tori. good morning. let's go out and see what we have with 280. we're seeing a little bit of -- a little bit of improvement here. but just a little. if you have the luxury of waiting around. it might even get better after 9:30. westbound bay bridge still a 15- minute delay here. if you are driving into san francisco, northbound 101 is backed up from caesar chavg vess. here's steve. thank you, sir. we have sunshine for everybody, coast, bay, inland, temperatures will be warming um. 70sened 80s and 90s. going for 84 today. we'll see temperatures today and tomorrow slightly cooler friday and then the weekend
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looks like here we go right back down again. >> okay. as we say goodbye, we want to remind you we will be continuing to follow this killing spreeing that unsurfaced this morning with five people dead from vallejo, hercules, richmond, we'll have more on this story coming up at noon. these are live pictures at the scene where two bodies of women were found at this home in vallejo. we'll have details coming up at noon. thanks for watching. bye now.
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